After a nice win in Week 1, New England turns now to its Week 2 foe, the Jacksonville Jaguars. These teams met in the AFC title game back in January, and since then, you've probably heard Jags cornerback Jalen Ramsey make some not-so-complimentary remarks recently about Patriots TE Rob Gronkowski.
"I don't think Gronk's good," Ramsey said in part during an ESPN interview. "Let me say... I don't think Gronk is as great as people think he is."
Of course, with the two teams facing off again this weekend, those words are at the forefront of many observers' minds. A Boston Herald reporter believes this trash talk with benefit the Patriots this week. An NBC Sports Boston writer declares that now is the time for Ramsey to back up his strong words.
The Athletic website takes a bigger-picture view of this week's matchup, focusing on Jacksonville's historic inability to beat New England. MassLive.com examines why the Jags' defense could be ready to flip that script this week.
In the meantime, the Patriots have added three new players, a running back and two receivers. WEEI.com offers an analytical look at what the two pass catchers could bring to New England.
And in the Worcester Telegram & Gazette, you'll find a feature on second-year DE Deatrich Wise as he looks to build off his promising performance in Week 1.